10 Secrets Taco Bell Employees Will Never Tell You (Part 2)

10 Secrets Taco Bell Employees Will Never Tell You (Part 2)

August 17, 2019 100 By Bertrand Dibbert


There’s a lot more to Taco Bell than just
tacos, nachos, and quesadillas. Oh yes, there is actually a lot of interesting information
behind the history of the famous fast food chain. These facts aren’t going to leave a
bad taste in your mouth, nor are they going to turn you off from eating at Taco Bell if
that’s really something you like to do. However, they will reveal some truths about
the company that will certainly make you think about how fast food chains achieve the heights
of fame that they have reached in the modern age. Here are 10 secrets Taco Bell employees
will never tell you – part 2! Taco Bell failed in Mexico It’s hard to imagine that a fast food juggernaut
like Taco Bell could manage to do poorly anywhere. After all, it’s a major force in the industry,
with locations all over the US and Canada. However, there is one market that Taco Bell could never
quite penetrate: Mexico. As it turns out, the people of Mexico are not so keen on eating
the American version of something they have perfected. It all started in the early 90s
when Taco Bell made their first attempt to get into the Mexican market. It was a disaster.
Why would the citizens of Mexico throw money away at Taco Bell when they can get the real
thing (which is way better) on almost every street corner? So after that initial failure,
Taco Bell, for some strange reason, tried once again to break into the Mexican market
in the late 2000s. This time, they saw a little more success, but they once again had to close
all their stores down after just three years. Perhaps they should just stick to their businesses
north of the border? Taco Bell
did use a bun at one point “Think outside the bun.” That’s been the Taco
Bell philosophy for years. Well, right up until it became “Live mas.” Still, people
remember that original slogan far better than anything Taco Bell has come up with since.
What it really means is that people don’t have to be relegated to eating just burgers,
chicken sandwiches, or anything else served on a bun (with or without sesame seeds).
With all that raging against the bun, you would think that Taco Bell had never attempted
any kind of sandwich on its menu. Well, we’re here to tell you that you would be entirely
incorrect in that assumption. As it turns out, Taco Bell once had an item on their menu
known as the Bell Beefer. The Bell Beefer was nothing more than a glorified sloppy Joe,
but it still remains one of those dishes that is remembered by the people who were lucky
(or unlucky) enough to actually try it. They probably would rather people forget all about
their ill-fated journey into bun territory, but the internet never forgets. Maybe this
was the launch point of the Taco Bell slogan about thinking outside the bun. While it could
be a poke at all the burger chains in direct competition with Taco Bell, the slogan can
also be seen as the waving of a white flag to end this disastrous foray into the world
of hamburger buns. The cheese they use has a really long shelf
life We’re all aware of the fact that Taco Bell’s
ingredients are just a little bit iffy. After all, how good can something be when it gets
shipped to the restaurant in a plastic bag and is then reheated in boiling water? Sure,
a fancy pants chef might call that sous-vide to try and give it some merit, but come on,
it’s not a piece of seabass, it’s a beef mixture that is only 88% beef. So it might not surprise
anyone to learn that the cheese used at Taco Bell actually has a very long shelf life.
According to a Reddit user and former employee, they said that when it comes to the Taco Bell
cheese being used, it’s real but it also doesn’t expire for a very very very long time (like
almost a year) so it’s assumed that it must be full of preservatives. So you really have
to ask yourself, what is going on with that cheese that it can sit around for a year and
not go bad? The user added that it does get used up quickly, so it doesn’t actually sit
around for that long, but it’s still not a really great thing to think about. The one
question we would have is where is this Taco Bell location that has cheese sitting around
for a year? If your nearest Taco Bell is always busy, then we hope this would be a problem
you wouldn’t have to worry about. Being rude can cost you your extra cheese Working in the service industry means that
you will inevitably encounter people who are rude. It’s just the way it is. Sure, plenty
of customers who come in will be polite, or at the very least, neutral enough that you
don’t even think about it later. However, there are some customers that can just totally
ruin your day. Luckily, it seems that karma catches up with those customers right away,
in at least a small way. Another Reddit user and employee shared another piece of wisdom
in regards to rude customers ordering extra cheese, saying that there would be times they
would just put the same amount when people would be rude. However, the user also added
that there were also times where people were nice and they’d put double or triple the extra
cheese asked for. So there you have it. Treat the people who are serving you with just a
human amount of decency and you might get more than you were asking for. Hopefully,
this serves as a lesson to all the rude people out there that acting like a jerk never gets
you very far in life. Taco Bell got sued over their chihuahua mascot Anyone who was around in the late nineties
or the early 2000s and is old enough to remember watching TV during that time (like actual
TV, not streaming something with zero commercials) probably recalls the classic Taco Bell commercials
which featured an adorable little chihuahua, who would look into the camera and say “Yo
quiero Taco Bell.” For those who don’t speak Spanish, that means “I want Taco Bell.”
These ads were huge, and became a pop culture staple. Of course, Mexican Americans were
not exactly pleased with the depiction of a stereotypical Mexican dog breed speaking
Spanish and demanding tacos. However, some people were even more upset about it: Joseph
Shields and Thomas Rinks. These two came up with a character named Psycho Chihuahua, whom
the Taco Bell executives tried to buy from the creators for their ads. When a deal couldn’t
be reached, the Taco Bell folks just went ahead and used a talking chihuahua anyway.
The original creators sued the restaurant chain for $30 million. The judge ruled in
their favor, but rather than just pay the sum, Taco Bell went ahead and actually appealed
the suit. However, this was a massive mistake, as the next judge to hear the case actually
ended up awarding the original creators even more money, deciding that Taco Bell actually
owed them $42 million. Baja Blast has absolutely no nutritional value People who love Taco Bell know that pairing
it with the right drink is essential. Of course, no one is going to be enjoying a nice cab
merlot with a Doritos Locos Taco. No, they’re going to be sipping on something far more
delicious: a nice cup of Mountain Dew Baja Blast, the drink that was made exclusively
to pair with Taco Bell. Now, we all know that soda is not good for you in any shape or form,
but you might be thinking that there could still be some nutritional value in a drink
that’s supposed to have tropical fruit flavors. Does it have a slight hint of vitamin C? Vitamin
A? Anything at all? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding no. If you check the nutritional
info on the Taco Bell website, you’ll see that Baja Blast delivers absolutely no essential
nutrients. It is literally the definition of empty calories. You’re really not giving
any benefit to your body from drinking it whatsoever. It does, however, pack a walloping
51 grams of sugar in every 18 oz serving. So it’s fine if you’re looking for a quick
sugar fix, but it wouldn’t do you any good on a desert island, besides temporarily quenching
your thirst. The original Taco Bell logo was problematic The Taco Bell logo is as familiar to anyone
as Colonel Sanders’s smiling face or the Golden Arches at this point in fast food history.
However, like every other fast food company out there, Taco Bell’s logo has gone through
a few changes. One of the biggest and most important changes was from the original logo.
Now, you might think that a bell would have always been the obvious choice for a restaurant
called Taco Bell. Unfortunately, it seemed that the minds working for the restaurant
back in the day thought the better way to go was to have a representation of a man in
a sombrero, reclining in what looks like a sitting position right on top of their sign.
If it’s not entirely evident to you why this was a horribly racist logo design, allow us
to explain it to you. Mexican people were, and oftentimes still are, wrongfully perceived
as being lazy, which became sort of the original stereotype for an entire race of people. The
image of a sleeping Mexican man wearing a poncho and sombrero had been the signature
racist depiction of Mexican people for many years. Once Pepsico took over Taco Bell, they
rightfully changed the logo to something less offensive. We’re all better for it, because
who would really want to eat somewhere with a grossly racist caricature as their logo? Demolition Man inspired the new logo design The 90s was a wild time for movies, and Demolition
Man was no exception. This ridiculous action film starring Sylvester Stallone and Wesley
Snipes depicted a 20th-century cop being thawed out in the future in order to catch a criminal
who had been set free from his own cryogenic prison. Yeah, that premise is already the
silliest thing ever, but the film went to great lengths to make the future as wacky
as possible (anyone who has seen the film knows what we mean when we mention the “three
seashells” for example). However, one of the funniest aspects of the film’s version of
the future was that the only restaurant left in existence was Taco Bell, who had won what
was referred to as the “Franchise Wars.” It was this film’s futuristic logo for the
restaurant that inspired its current design. Before the film, the Taco Bell logo was much
more downplayed, relying on brown and yellow coloring (similar to its food, really). Demolition
Man introduced the more streamlined purple and yellow logo that everyone recognizes today. Taco Bell hot sauce can strip the grime from
pennies We all know that the hot sauces at Taco Bell
are really what make the food worthwhile. After all, a taco or burrito only gets better
when you dump multiple packets of fire sauce on it (although everyone is still waiting
for the return of both the volcano and the verde sauces). While hot sauce aficionados
would most likely laugh in the face of these sauces, there is some truth to the fact that
they are quite volatile. In fact, the little hot sauce packets from Taco Bell that you
use to spice up your nachos and quesadillas can actually strip the grime off of pennies.
This has to do with the fact that the sauces are so loaded with vinegar. The natural acid
just cleans the gunk right off of the coins. Maybe that’s something to think about the
next time you want to dump like three or four of those sauces on a single taco. Of course,
most of the sauces taste so good that it’s easy to ignore the more caustic effects they
might have on metal. Still, it’s something to consider if you’re a Taco Bell fan who
also has a penny collection that needs cleaning. The Taco Bell beef seasoning includes cocoa If there’s one thing that makes the tacos
from Taco Bell extra special, it’s their beef. Now, of course, we’ve all heard the stories
about what goes into the beef, how it’s not actual meat, how it has a ton of mystery ingredients.
Look, Taco Bell straight up admitted that their beef mixture is about 88% beef, while
the rest of it is filled out with oats. However, there’s no denying that the spice mixture
makes it all taste pretty amazing. So what goes into that spice mixture exactly to give
it such a signature flavor? As it turns out, a lot of the ingredients are your standard
taco beef ingredients: chili powder, cumin, a little bit of onion powder… But there’s
actually one secret ingredient that goes into Taco Bell’s beef that gives it a more complex
flavor profile, and if you didn’t know it was there you might never even notice it.
That secret ingredient is… Cocoa powder! As it turns out, Taco Bell has always used
cocoa powder as a seasoning in their beef. It makes sense if you’re familiar with some
Mexican cooking traditions. Mole sauce is a traditional Mexican pepper sauce that utilizes
chocolate to counteract a lot of the heat from the peppers. The dark color from the
cocoa powder also helps give the beef a nice, deep color that looks more palatable. So,
as it turns out, Taco Bell is utilizing some classic Mexican culinary traditions in its
cooking. It’s just doing so in a way that is a little bit of a secret. Well, it’s not
a secret anymore, we guess. Stay right here and check out more of our
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